Hit singer known for high-pro­file mar­riages

ED­DIE FISHER, 1928 - 2010

Los Angeles Times - - Obituaries - Robert J. Lopez robert.lopez@latimes.com

Ed­die Fisher, one of the most pop­u­lar singers of the 1950s who made head­lines with mar­riages to — and di­vorces from — some of the most fa­mous Hollywood star­lets of that era, has died. He was 82.

Fisher died Wed­nes­day at his home in Berkeley of com­pli­ca­tions from hip surgery, his daugh­ter Tricia Leigh Fisher told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Be­tween 1950 and 1956, Fisher recorded dozens of songs that made the top 40 and four that reached No. 1on the pop charts.

Fisher’s boy­ish good looks and nat­u­ral charisma also helped him land roles on tele­vi­sion shows and in such fea­ture films as “But­ter­field 8,” “Noth­ing Lasts For­ever” and “Bun­dle of Joy.”

But he may be best re­mem­bered for his failed mar­riages to Deb­bie Reynolds, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Con­nie Stevens.

Fisher was born in Philadel­phia on Aug. 10, 1928. In 1950 he recorded his first hit, “Think­ing of You.” In 1951, he had his first mil­lion-seller, “Any Time.”

His “golden sound,” as he de­scribed it in his 1999 mem­oir, “Been There, Done That,” cat­a­pulted him “from the streets of Philadel­phia to the White House. Harry Tru­man loved me. Ike loved me.”

In 1955, Fisher mar­ried Reynolds — known as “Amer­ica’s Sweet­heart.” It didn’t take long for their union to fall apart.

Fisher cre­ated a tabloid scan­dal in 1958 when he left Reynolds, then just 26, for El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor.

The move, con­sid­ered in Hollywood at the time to be one of the cen­tury’s biggest scan­dals, helped tor­pedo Fisher’s ca­reer and launch Tay­lor to­ward su­per­star­dom.

Fisher would later ac­knowl­edge that he had been bat­tling what would be­come a years-long ad­dic­tion to drugs, in­clud­ing metham­phetamine and co­caine.

In 1962, he suf­fered a break­down af­ter the col­lapse of his mar­riage to Tay­lor, who then mar­ried Richard Bur­ton.

A com­plete obituary will fol­low at latimes.com/obit­u­ar­ies and in Satur­day’s print edi­tion of The Times.

Marty Leder­han­dler

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